spending, 50%. you can produce any number you want. i think people would rather cut spending and raise taxes, but the larger issue is how do you deal with the crisis at hand? ihink the republicans have one option, and i'm surprised they have not seen it and will not take it. president, as you showed, has said he will not accept the short-term deal, but there is no principle to reason why he should not. everybody understands the only reason he wants a longer to 1, which means until election day, is to get himself off the hook. it is a partisan, self interested reason. >> republicans ought to pass a short-term deal,ay, $500 billion in cuts, raise the ceiling by $500 billion, and it gives you until the end of the year. let the president veto. how will be argued in principle. he cannot.